Manchester fire station site attracts global attention


The sale of the iconic fire station site in Manchester has attracted significant interest from potential buyers across the globe, just a month after it went on the market with Christie + Co.

The former London Road Fire Station, situated opposite Piccadilly Station in the city, has become of Manchester’s landmark properties given its gateway position.

The building went on sale in May after owners Britannia Hotels instructed Christie + Co to put the site on the market for the first time in 30 years.

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It has since caught the eye of many potential investors around the world, with the agent receiving many enquiries about the property, especially from parties from America, Middle East and China.
Jeremy Jones, head of UK hotels brokerage at Christie + Co, commented: "We have been inundated with enquiries and conducted many asset tours with interested parties including those from America, The Middle East and China as a result of Manchester’s international standing as a key UK city. Its business, sporting, music and leisure pedigrees are known the world over and there will never be another property quite like this to come to market in Manchester, or perhaps even the UK."

Head of leisure + development at Christie + Co, Jon Patrick, concluded: "The Fire Station covers the best part of an acre of land and its central courtyard could certainly provide a real wow factor once developed. We envisage conducting further tours during June ahead of crystallising market interest and calling for bids towards the end of the month/early July."